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if you are contagious and their skin touches your skin then yes it is most likely that they will in fact contract it at that time.......but keep in mind it can slip into someone elses nerves without noticable symptoms as well so all can appear fine and well when they actually have contracted the virus from you.

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Let me give a try, see if it makes sense: Shedding meaning you have virus active under/on top of your skin. Your partner's skin touch with yours. Then his skin will have virus. Right now, if washed immediately, the virus maybe rinsed away. If not washed, and if some heavy abrasion going on, both of your skin surface may have a little break or red(meaning small defect that eyes can't see but with no bleeding), then the surface virus may enter the skin barrier and either your partner can be infected and yourself maybe reinfected. If yourself have enough antibody built, may be able to kill the virus. If your partner's immune system is strong, then the virus may only stay lament locally. The chances are depending on factors.

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How do you know when you are "shedding"? From what i understand, shedding occurs when you don't have any OB signs or symptoms, but the virus occurs on top of your skin anyway. How could you possible know at what point you're shedding?

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its a what-if question. I didnt have any sore on my genital area but i accidentally had unprotected sex with my gf who knows i have HSV. I was just wondering about the chances of infecting her. Does this mean that if the virus is on the surface, the partner will surely get HSV? or is there any chance that she wont get it from me? and lets assume i was shedding

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from wikopedia; the site seems legit, but the transmission rates seem way to low, I don't know about the rest of you, but it seems many people get it after the first night with a new partner, at least on this board...

HSV asymptomatic shedding is believed to occur on 2.9% of days while on antiviral therapy, versus 10.8% of days without. Shedding is known to be more frequent within the first 12 months of acquiring HSV-2, and concurrent infection with HIV also increases the frequency and duration of asymptomatic shedding.[11] There are some indications that some individuals may have much lower patterns of shedding, but evidence supporting this is not fully verified. Sex should always be avoided in the presence of symptomic lesions. Oral sex performed by someone with oral lesions or other symptoms should be avoided, to avoid transmission of HSV-1 to the partner's genitals. Even without symptoms it is possible for transmission to occur. Many people still believe Herpes cannot be transmitted through oral sex. This is a dangerous myth.

Women are more susceptible to acquiring genital HSV-2 than men; in the US, 11% of men and 23% of women carry HSV-2.[12] On an annual basis, without the use of antivirals or condoms, the transmission risk from infected male to female is approximately 8-10%. This is believed to be due to the increased exposure of mucosal tissue to potential infection sites. Transmission risk from infected female to male is approximately 4-5% annually. Suppressive antiviral therapy reduces these risks by 50%. Antivirals also help prevent the development of symptomatic HSV in infection scenarios by about 50%, meaning the infected partner will be seropositive but symptom free. Condom use also reduces the transmission risk by 50%. Condom use is much more effective at preventing male to female transmission than vice-versa. [13] The effects of combining antiviral and condom use is roughly additive, thus resulting in approximately a 75% combined reduction in annual transmission risk. These figures reflect experiences with subjects having frequently-recurring genital herpes (>6 recurrences per year). Subjects with low recurrence rates and those with no clinical manifestations were excluded from these studies.

A 2004 study of 1484 couples showed condom usage reduced transmission by 96% and suppressive therapy with valacyclovir further reduced transmission by 50% resulting in a 98% reduction in transmission over an eight month period.[citation needed]

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Even without symptoms it is possible for transmission to occur. Many people still believe Herpes cannot be transmitted through oral sex. This is a dangerous myth.

Case in point - my doctor!!!

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